Become a Laborer

We are always looking to grow our membership. Are you stuck in a job but really searching for a career? Looking for options besides traditional college? Working non-union in the construction industry right now?

Were you previously in any construction union? Do you have experience in construction? What we do know is that you are looking for better wages, benefits, and the ability to retire with dignity. LIUNA is that pathway. The laborers perform and support many different jobs on a construction site. We are diverse, multi-skilled and gritty. Where there are tough jobs, there are tough laborers.

The questionnaire below is directly submitted to Laborers' Local One. Our goal is to build the workforce both now and for the future. We will take this information, review it, and contact you.

This is not a job application.

If you meet the qualifications as explained in the questionnaire below, a representative of Laborers' Local One will contact you and explain the process to becoming a union laborer.

(Note: Your submission does not guarantee membership in Local One. Members are assigned to locals according to the Chicago Laborers’ Training Center and Chicago Laborers’ District Council guidelines as of January 2, 2020)

Example: (555) 555-5555

  • Chicago Public Schools
  • City Colleges of Chicago

To be considered an experienced worker, an individual must meet at least one of the following requirements:

      Worked 100 or more hours as a Laborer within the jurisdiction of the Chicagoland Laborers' District Council prior to January 2, 2020. (Were you a union laboerer previously?)
      Performed a total of 2,400 hours of work, that falls within the jurisdiction of LIUNA or any other Building Trades union. (Construction Experience)
      Completed any other LIUNA apprentice program or other Building Tardes apprentice program.

If you do not meet any of these requirements, it is no problem, but you are not considered exempt. You will most likely need to go through the apprenticeship program.

Upload proof of your construction work experience below.


*Do not include experienced employee's full social security number on supporting documents.

  • Check stubs are required to verify the total number of experienced work hours (documents will not be accepted if check stubs include Social Security number).
  • W-2s are not acceptable unless the company is no longer in business.
  • A Pension Credit Hours Report from any other building trades union is acceptable in lieu of check stub hours.

Work history (at least one entry is required)

Previous Employer #1

Employer name
Start date
End date

  • Excavation; GPS; Grading
  • Concrete; Concrete Restoration
  • Concrete Cutting; Concrete Coring
  • Equipment Operation; Skid Steer; Lull; Forklift; Scissor lift
  • CDL
  • Asphalt; Screw; Lute; Back End
  • Traffic Safety; Flagging
  • Hoisting; Rigging
  • Building Construction
  • Interior Demolition
  • General Laborer
  • Mason Tender
  • Scaffold Building; Scaffold User; Suspension Scaffold; Hydromobile
  • Final Clean
  • OSHA 10 Safety; OSHA 30 Safety
  • Confined Space; Rescue
  • Foreman
  • ICRA (Infection Control Risk Assessment)
  • Pipeline

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